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Light Classics
Oude Libertas, Dec 19, 20:15
Light classics with Brandon Phillips.
New Year's Concert
Nederburg wine farm, Paarl, 31 Dec, 21:30
New Year’s eve spectacular with conductor Richard Cock and Freshlyground.
Viennese Concerts
Cape Town City Hall, 10 & 11 Jan, 18:00
Conductor: Richard Cock with Magdalene Minnaar and Lukhanyo Mokaye and members of Cape Town City Ballet.
Festival Concert no 1
Cape Town City Hall, Jan 22, 20:00
Conductor: Martin Panteleev; Soloist: Stewart Goodyear, piano; Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky.
Festival Concert no 2
Cape Town City Hall, Jan 29, 20:00
Conductor: Martin Panteleev; Soloist: Derek Han, piano; Wagner, Beethoven Brahms.
Kirstenbosch Festival Concert
Kirstenbosch Gardens, Feb 1, 17:30
Conductor: Martin Panteleev; Soloist: Maria du Toit, clarinet; Mozart, Brahms, Dvorak.
Festival Concert no 3
Cape Town City Hall, Feb 5, 20:00
Conductor: Martin Panteleev; Soloist: Yi-Jia Susanne Hou, violin;  Shostakovich, Chen He, Mahler.
Galway Gala
(not part of subscription series)
Cape Town City Hall, Feb 11, 20:00
Sir James Galway with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.
Festival Concert no 4
Cape Town City Hall, Feb 12, 20:00
Conductor: Martin Panteleev; Soloist: Maria du Toit, clarinet; Milhaud, Français, Debussy, Ravel.
Valentine under the Stars at the Castle of Good Hope
Feb 14, 20:30
Conductor: Brandon Phillips.
CPYO Festival Gala Concert
Cape Town City Hall, Feb 19, 19:00
CPYO and CPYWE. Conductors: Brandon Phillips and Faan Malan.
Artscape Opera Theatre, Feb 22, 18:00
A concert celebrating opera and ballet.

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A Century of Symphony

Load-shedding lamps

Eskom is putting everyone out at the moment, most recently the SA National Youth Orchestra concert at the City Hall. But we are covered!  We are grateful to FOM committee member, CPO supporter and music lover Norbert Furnon-Roberts for lighting up our lives. He has made it possible for us to buy 40 clip-on battery lamps to put on the musicians’ stands should there be a black-out.  Thanks so much, Norbert. You have given us a well-needed security blanket!
Bernhard Gueller to lead Symphony Nova Scotia until 2018

Symphony Nova Scotia is delighted to announce that Music Director Bernhard Gueller has renewed his contract, which ends in 2016, with the orchestra for another two years.
      A favourite among audience members and musicians alike, Gueller will continue to serve as Symphony Nova Scotia’s Music Director before completing his tenure in 2018.
      Throughout the additional two-year period, Gueller will lead the orchestra on a reduced schedule, allowing the orchestra to begin a search for a new Music Director. Gueller will work closely with the orchestra to ensure a smooth leadership transition, and after his departure will continue to make guest appearances as Conductor Laureate.
Read more here.
CPYO camp

The 2015 camp for CPYO and CPYWE members takes place from January 23 to 25 at the MCSA Manyano Centre in Paarl. Says outreach manager Laurika Steenkamp, they will be spoiled with wonderful meals, morning and afternoon tea, beautiful surroundings, great music, great people and we will end Sunday morning with a concert open to family and friends.  The film shoot the CPYO did for the Charlize Theron film had made it possible.
      The CPYO and CPWE held auditions for next year … and some wonderful talent emerged.

The therapy of music...growing older

New research finds a link between the ability to process health-related information and regular attendance at movies, plays, and concerts, reports The Slipped Disc.
      A new British study of people age 50 and older finds a link between health literacy—defined as “the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information”—and two specific behaviors: Regular use of the Internet, and participation in cultural activities.
      Read hear to see how coming to CPO concerts can ensure you grow older and healthier!
Ever wanted to be a conductor?

Either enter for the Len Van Zyl Conductors’ Competition or do-it-yourself:
Enter here.
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World Design Capital for 2014 is Cape Town!

The council comes to the party

The Friends of Orchestral Music gala fundraiser for the CPO was notable for more than the high quality of music, the exciting ambience and the launch of A Century of Symphony, published by Jonathan Ball.  It was remarkable for the announcement that the City of Cape Town has agreed to give the orchestra an annual grant for the next three years.
This is good news indeed. Board member Elita de Klerk gave executive mayor Patricia de Lille a copy of our centenary book at a private function at her home, cementing what will become a closer relationship, we hope.

FOM Gala concert
What a concert!  Benjamin’s Schmid’s Paganini Violin Concerto, and its cadenza, will live in our minds for years. All the musicians shone in Scheherazade  and Peter Klatzow’s special Congratulations was a joy to hear.

Happy New Year...

The board, management and musicians of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra would like to wish you a wonderful festive season with peace and prosperity in 2015. We would also like to thank you for the marvellous support you have given us with increased concert subscriptions and full houses.  Don’t forget to bring in the New Year with the CPO, Richard Cock and Freshlyground at the Nederburg wine farm on December 31 at 9.30. More details here. Book the bus package for R60 per adult and R30 for under 18 by calling 021 410 9809 for banking details.
      There’s still time to give a subscription to the summer music festival as a festive gift!

Christmas at Willowbridge

The Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra with Nianell, Ivan Siegelaar and Rouchelle Lledemahn will bring you Carols by Candlelight at the Willowbridge Shopping Centre in the northern areas on December 13 at 7 pm. It’s free, fun and will get you into the Christmas spirit. More information: www.willowbridge.co.za

Maria du Toit and Francois du Toit

While Maria du Toit is a key figure in our 9th International Classical Music Festival, you can have a sneak preview by going to La Motte on December 13 at 19:00 and hearing her with François du Toit in a programme of French music with a Christmas twist. Included are Chausson’s  Andante et Allegro, Sonatas by Poulenc and Saint-Saëns, Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie and a selection of French Christmas Carols. They are also playing in Stellenbosch the next day.

CPO at Stellenbosch

Brandon Phillips will conduct the CPO in a concert of classical bon bons at Oude Libertas on December 19 at 20:15.  Book now at Computicket. Tickets are R190.

CPO legacy and bequest programme

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra is deeply honoured to have been chosen as a beneficiary of the estate of the late Eric Bossard. By leaving a generous legacy gift to the CPO, Mr Bossard has left an indelible mark not only on the orchestra in the centenary year of orchestras in Cape Town but also on classical music more broadly.   
      Mr Bossard’s generosity is key to helping the CPO develop further into a diverse and growing orchestra maintaining not only international standards but also striving to be representative of South Africa’s multicultural society and live its vision to be an Orchestra for All Seasons.
      The CPO requires continuous support from private donors, corporates and other benefactors to continue to perform in excess of 140 performances per year, in addition to deepening its commitment to promoting music education across the country’s various communities.
      By leaving a legacy gift or bequest in your will, you will make a vital difference to the long-term success of the CPO. Contributions to the CPO legacy and bequest programme can be made at any age and in ways that suit individual circumstances. Please contact Zohra Dawood on 021-410 9809 or email zohra@cpo.org.za for more detail.

Healing powers...

Once connected with music, it never leaves you, and former percussionist in the Cape Town Symphony Diane Maris has found that everything is connected to music. She now works therapeutically with music, as well as being a teacher and has been assisting some of the CPYO musicians with performance anxiety.
      Di uses music and art processes with individuals and groups of all ages to stimulate creativity, self-awareness and deep personal transformation.
      Di has twice engaged with some of the CPYO's young musicians, wanting to give them a taste of what she offers to a range of people seeking answers to stress and who are wanting to find ways to relax.
      “We all have issues,” she says. “Life is difficult enough, and music is a way of helping people to cope. One of the things I try to do is enhance listening skills -- learning to connect more deeply with music (as performing musicians) but also learning to listen to one’s own needs and desires.  This allows people to come to terms with themselves." For the young people, Di played music after helping them to relax first.  It was a piece of music by Bach, and the reactions were all different.  Emotions ranged from joy and a sense of calmness to feelings of harmony, balance, transition and acceptance.  
      “The overall feeling amongst those who came for the second time was that the first one provided them with a new feeling of calmness which enabled them to cope with imminent exams.  Performance anxiety was becoming a thing of the past.”
      One of the problems is that we often tend to run away from issues which are bothering us, she says. “We run away when we don’t know what to do, and such therapy allows one to dig deep and learn about oneself. Commitment to this brings inner knowledge and results in personal growth.  It heightens our connection with the world. I use creativity by asking participants to draw a mandala based on their reaction to the music. “ (No art experience is required.)
       For the young musicians, at least one of whom was resistant to the whole process, the sessions  opened up a new world.  Instead of dreading the CPYO’s recent curtain raiser at a CPO concert at the City Hall, she said she was shocked at how quickly her attitude changed and for the first time she loved it! Other comments include: “I enjoyed bring able to express myself in front of people”, “All my stresses were gone with the music” and “I could interact or connect with the person in me, and point out my fears.”
       For many of the young musicians, the CPYO is a safe place, for some have joined there against terrible odds and found that music heals.  Di’s help has assisted then even more.
      “While the CPYO offers them a safe place to make mistakes and not be judged, this strengthens them even further and adds to their growing confidence.
       Di Maris generously provided two sessions free of charge.  She is a registered Guided Imagery and Music practitioner and Process Art Facilitator amongst other offerings. If you are interested in consulting Di,  or would like to sponsor another session for the young musicians, please let her know.  Di can be contacted on imageryandmusic@iafrica.com or phone 021 683 9009  / 082 926 0548. If you want to read more, www.dianemaris.com
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